Giant Leap, TSiBA!, For Eden Ignition Centre

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The TSiBA Eden Campus took a giant leap (tsiba!) on Friday the 1 June 2012 by officially launching their Ignition Centre, in Karatara, with a symbolic ceremonial ribbon cutting, by Lwayipi Sam and Alain Leger.

The launch was well attended by friends of TSiBA, employers, service providers, mentors and municipality; including the Old Mutual Ilima Trust, SANPARKS, MTO-Cape Pine, LifeLine Garden Route and Masithandane, coming from as far as Cape Town and the Eastern Cape to witness this important event for Eden Campus. It was a glorious, sunny afternoon with the impenetrable views, of the surrounding mountains set against the clear blue skies, providing a stunning back drop to the buzz of chatter and delightful sampling of locally inspired finger food.

Sandy Ueckermann, TSiBA Eden Campus’ Executive Director, thanked Lwayipi Sam and Mr Leger for their unwavering support which culminated in bringing the Ignition Centre to Karatara. Genevieve Keene, the Eden Ignition Centre Co-ordinator, spoke of the centre’s poignant achievements to date; and Peter Kraan, the Cape Town Co-ordinator, inspired the group with stories of the success of the Ignition Centre’s entrepreneurs in Cape Town. Anita Janse van Vuuren, a local entrepreneur, described how she benefited from the support and business coaching with Deon Kruger, her mentor from the Old Mutual of Ilima Trust, who confirmed the progress that she had made since joining the Ignition Centre. Leigh Meinert, Managing Director of TSiBA Education, expressed her appreciation towards all the parties involved in getting the centre to where it is today.

People were moved by the considerate words of Alain Leger, who thanked TSiBA for the work that they do in marrying education with essential values, that encourage sustainability and sharing opportunities with one’s community. The ribbon ceremony was preceded by the inspiring words of Lwayipi Sam who insisted that the Ignition Centre grows and makes a difference in the lives of the youth in Karatara.

The Ignition Centre is a launch pad for it’s mission of “igniting opportunities” and its vision of people earning “sustainable livelihoods”, and as it continues to grow the potential of what can be launched from here is incredible!


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